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Food of the Gods II (1989)

 -  Sci-Fi | Horror  -  19 May 1989 (USA)
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A growth hormone experiment gets out of hand, when the the resulting giant man-eating rats escape, reaking havoc on the unsuspecting campus. Much blood-letting follows.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Coufos ...
Neil Hamilton
Alex Reed
Mark (as Real Andrews)
Stuart Hughes ...
Dr. Treger
Sean Mitchell ...
Colin Fox ...
Edmond Delhurst
David B. Nichols ...
Dean White
Robert Kennedy ...
Lt. Weizel
Frank Moore ...
Howard Jerome ...
Deborah Cass ...


A growth hormone experiment gets out of hand, when the the resulting giant man-eating rats escape, reaking havoc on the unsuspecting campus. Much blood-letting follows. Written by <>

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19 May 1989 (USA)  »

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Food of the Gods Part 2  »

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This is a sequel in name only as its plot or characters have no bearing on the 1976 film. See more »


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[first lines]
Mark: [chanting and wearing a cow mask] Animals have rights! Animals have rights! Animals have rights! Animals have rights! Animals have rights! Animals have rights! Animals have rights! Animals have rights! Animals have rights!
[sees Delhurst approaching]
Mark: Professor Delhurst! Professor Delhurst, I wanna talk to you.
Edmund Delhurst: Would you get out of my way, please? I'm late.
Mark: For what? Another execution?
Edmund Delhurst: Somebody call security.
Mark: The animals keep checkin' in, but they don't check out, do they? You're not ...
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Whoever made this was thinking; Awesome Howler!
28 November 2004 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Once again my ability to be entertained finds it's happy place at the near lowest common denominator one can possibly find: A movie about growth hormone mutated rats chewing their way through the supporting cast of an unnamed Canadian university. Packed with in jokes, sight-gags and made by people who were using their brains for more than shoulder ballast, I found this to be a rip-roaring entertainment heightened by the ingenious way that miniature sets, forced perspective shots and other gimmicks were used to create monster rats, an over-sized university professor, and a giant mutant kid who's escape at the conclusion of the film was the perfect open ending. And I hope nobody ever makes a FOTG Pt3 to show what happens to him: some things are best left to the imagination.

Anyone familiar with the abysmal 1976 film of more or less the same name can rest assured: Part 2 has absolutely nothing to do with the original FOTG, setting off on a totally independent storyline which produces more or less the same results -- giant rats eating people, a universally frightening concept -- though this film is correctly played for laughs where the original was a semi-serious ecological horror flick unable to overcome it's underlying stupidity.

This one works because it embraced that stupidity & went with it.

THE PLOT: An overachieving researcher develops a growth hormone formula, tests it on some tomatoes which are then eaten by a cage full of lab rats who get big and eat people. End of story.

Along the way, the film takes hilarious pot-shots at such deserving targets as animal rights activists, liberal university administrations, the police, Clint Eastwood, and synchronized swimming. In fact the minute that the evil Dean character voiced concern that an effort to corral the mutant rats might interfere with the opening of a new pool complex I knew that the climax would be fun, though the bigger laugh came when he referred to "all the rich alumni with their checkbooks" who would be in attendance. Everyone whom I went to college with is as broke as I am, except the worms who weaseled their way into teaching or other academic positions. Like research work.

Look, if you're going to be sitting down and watching a film about mutant rats on the rampage the last thing in the world you're really going to fret over are convincing performances, slick special effects and a coherent plot, so why not approach the material at an angle & have some fun? On that level of consideration this film is a minor masterpiece, and anyone who finds it to be prurient or juvenile in nature is simply refusing to play along with the fun.

Highly recommended as a "party movie", with plenty of laughs, some repulsive gore and even a few bared breasts here & there.

But if you're looking for a serious film, well that's why they make DVDs of CITIZEN KANE, and you'd be advised to stick with that. But for those with a sense of humor and a love for low-middle budget horror this flick is very hard to beat, and I've even seen DEATH SHIP.

***1/2 out of ****

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